Bright Eyes, Ape City:

Examining the Planet of the Apes Mythos

“A planet where apes evolved from men?”

With those horrified words, Charlton Heston’s Colonel George Taylor summed up exactly what viewers were thinking in 1968 the first time they saw Planet of the Apes in theaters. Loincloth-clad humans reduced to mute savages, living in cages or in the wild? Xenophobic orangutans, militaristic gorillas, and curious chimpanzees with a rigid class structure, Greco-Roman names, religious dogma, and the ability to speak and reason? What goes on here? It’s a madhouse!

Audiences were hooked — and they remain hooked almost five decades later. The Planet of the Apes franchise has spawned eight films, with a ninth currently in the works, as well as two television series and several novels. From that first movie, based on Pierre Boulle’s French novel Monkey Planet, has spawned one of the most respected franchises in film history, thanks to the talents of writers Rod Serling, Michael Wilson, Paul Dehn, John and Joyce Corrington, William Broyles Jr., Rick Jaffa, Amanda Silver, and Mark Bomback; directors Franklin J. Schaffner, Ted Post, Don Taylor, J. Lee Thompson, Tim Burton, Rupert Wyatt, and Matt Reeves; makeup artists John Chambers and Rick Baker; and a long list of beloved actors who have breathed life into some of the most memorable science-fiction characters ever to grace the large or small screen.

Bright Eyes, Ape City: Examining the Planet of the Apes Mythos, edited by the same team behind Sequart’s Sacred Scrolls: Comics on the Planet of the Apes, will examine every Apes film, TV show, and novel, from 1968 to present. Like the first volume, this anthology will feature insightful, analytical essays about the franchise’s long history, from popular film historians, novelists, bloggers, and subject-matter experts. If you’re eager to learn more about Apes lore, then you’ll need to get your stinkin’ paws on this book.

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ABOUT THE EDITOR

Rich Handley is the editor and cofounder of Hasslein Books and the managing editor of RFID Journal. He has written or co-written five books to date (Timeline of the Planet of the Apes, Lexicon of the Planet of the Apes, Conspiracy of the Planet of the Apes, The Back to the Future Lexicon, and The Back to the Future Chronology), and is currently working on Apes-related projects for BOOM! Studios and Titan Books. Rich has contributed numerous works to the licensed Star Wars franchise, and is co-editing a trio of Star Wars essay books for Sequart with Joe Berenato. He has penned essays for IDW's Star Trek newspaper strip reprint books, Sequart's New Life and New Civilizations: Exploring Star Trek Comics, and ATB Publishing's impending Star Trek anthology, Outside In: TOS 110. In addition, he has written for or edited numerous other publications, including Star Trek Communicator, Star Trek Magazine, Simian Scrolls, Cinefantastique, Sci-Fi Invasion, and Dungeon / Polyhedron.

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Also by Rich Handley:

A More Civilized Age: Exploring the Star Wars Expanded Universe

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A Galaxy Far, Far Away: Exploring Star Wars Comics

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A Long Time Ago: Exploring the Star Wars Cinematic Universe

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The Sacred Scrolls: Comics on the Planet of the Apes

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New Life and New Civilizations: Exploring Star Trek Comics

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ABOUT THE EDITOR

By age three, Joseph F. Berenato began a life-long love affair with comic books, monster movies, and science fiction. Hailing from Hammonton, NJ, Joe obtained a B.A. in English and spent four years as the entertainment editor of The Hammonton Gazette before returning to his roots at his family's blueberry farm. Joe was a contributor to Gotham City 14 Miles: 14 Essays on Why the 1960s Batman TV Series Matters, and is currently hard at work authoring or co-authoring two reference guides for Hasslein Books: It's Alive: The Unauthorized Universal Monsters Encyclopedia (with Jim and Becky Beard) and Something Strange: The Complete Unauthorized Ghostbusters Encyclopedia. A graduate student at Rowan University, Joe will earn an M.A. in writing in 2015. In what little spare time he has left, Joe serves as an administrator, art director, and content contributor at AtomicWanderers.com.

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Also by Joseph F. Berenato:

A More Civilized Age: Exploring the Star Wars Expanded Universe

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A Galaxy Far, Far Away: Exploring Star Wars Comics

co-editor, contributor

A Long Time Ago: Exploring the Star Wars Cinematic Universe

co-editor, contributor

The Sacred Scrolls: Comics on the Planet of the Apes

co-editor, contributor

New Life and New Civilizations: Exploring Star Trek Comics

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Gotham City 14 Miles: 14 Essays on Why the 1960s Batman TV Series Matters

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